Take Action for the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

While North Korea and the United States continue down a path of nuclear threats and devastation, we stand with the 122 countries around the world who adopted the UN Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons. Especially in these times, there are actions our Senators and Representatives should take today to move us toward a world without nuclear weapons.

Today is the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Will you make two calls today for sane nuclear weapons policy? 


1) Call Senator Gillibrand’s Office: 1-202-224-4451

Senator Gillibrand should be a co-sponsor of S.200 the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, which would resign in this Administration’s threat of the use of nuclear weapons and make sure we are not responsible for the deaths of millions of North Koreans who have nothing to do with the actions Kim Jong-Un. Given current co-sponsors, there is no reason why Senator Gillibrand should not be on this legislation.

Here’s what you can say when her office picks up: “My name is _____ and I am a constituent concerned about the continued threats of nuclear war. I believe that the only nuclear security is a world without nuclear weapons, and where this Administration doesn’t have unrestricted access to a nuclear red button. I hope Senator Gillibrand will: co-sponsor S. 200 the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act and oppose the $1.2 trillion dollar proposed modernization of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, a weapons sytem we should never use. I hope Senator Gillibrand will also issue a statement of support for the nuclear ban treaty, which was adopted at the United Nations by 122 countries and points us towards a nuclear-free future, which has been called for by both President Reagan and President Obama.”


2) Call Your House Representative’s Office: 1-202-224-3121 (or you can find their direct office number here)

Here’s what you can say when his/her Office picks up: “My name is _____ and I am a constituent concerned about the continued threats of nuclear war. I believe that the only nuclear security is a world without nuclear weapons, and where this Administration doesn’t have unrestricted access to a nuclear red button. I hope my Representative will: co-sponsor HR 669 the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act and oppose the $1.2 trillion dollar proposed modernization of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, a weapons sytem we should never use. I hope my Representative will also issue a statement of support for the nuclear ban treaty, which was adopted at the United Nations by 122 countries and points us towards a nuclear-free future, which has been called for by both President Reagan and President Obama.”

Several New York Representatives are already co-sponsors of this legislation: Representative Clarke (D-NY9) was an original co-sponsor. Other NY co-sponsors are: Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY12), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY8), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY7), Louise Slaughter (D-NY25), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY13) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY10).

After my meeting with Representative Nadler’s staff in-district last week, we received an email that same day that he had joined as a co-sponsor on this legislation. Will your Representative be next?

Thank you for taking action towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Together, we will win.

Peace,

Kate Alexander
Policy Director, Peace Action New York State

P.S. If you have another 2 minutes, please call Senator Schumer’s office (can’t get through in the DC number? Try the office nearest you) and use the same script you used for Senator Gillibrand’s office. He is in the leadership in the Senate and may be unlikely to join as a co-sponsor, but that doesn’t mean we’re letting him slide.